Teens, Peer Pressure, and Rebellion

Robinson, Ann. “Is Teenage Risk-taking Vital for Our Species?”Theguardian. N.p., 19 Oct. 2015. Web. 05 Nov. 2015. <http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/oct/19/is-adolescent-risk-taking-vital-for-our-species>.

Teenagers are all about rebellion. They are about doing their own thing and taking risks. On average they take more risks than children and adults but for a good reason. It is a learning experience vital to human existence. Taking risks as a teenager is also the norm. It is part of social conformity. Peer pressure and the want to be like their peers is what drives risk in teenagers.

I chose this source because it looked interesting and is something I wondered about. I am interested in what else I will find out about this subject. I took many risks as a teenage and I feel that sometimes I still do as I get older. I am interested to see what what may have caused it. Maybe peer pressure or that it was just the social norm at the time. I find that many teenagers may do things that seem dumb or risky to adults but to them they are just living and having fun. Taking risks and trying new and exciting things is what being a teenager is all about.

I agreed a lot with what this source said. It caught my attention and kept me hooked the whole time. I am interested to see what else I will find about this subject. What I found interesting was the science behind why teenagers take so many risks and what the experts had to say about the topic. That adolescents need to create that emotional distance from their parents. Teens need to take risks and establish their own social hierarchies. Questions that could be raised are why teens take certain risks? Why do some risk more than others and what is considered too risky?

5 thoughts on “Teens, Peer Pressure, and Rebellion

  1. ollysalder says:

    A Great article, Especially a good read for people that have you children who are coming to that stage of life. My self I have a 17 year old, who just like in the article is already trying the alcohol, cigarettes, (hopefully not the drugs (yes I don’t know she doesn’t live with me)) and i’m sure Sex. Its an eye opening experience once you are the adult and raising your own children. I often have to stop and think about the things I did when I was a child and what I was doing at their age, and hope none of my kids ever do what I did. I Encourage my kids to dress however they want, do things they like or want to do, don’t worry about what the other kids are doing. If they are interested in something then go for it. Like the article says you cant learn without taking some risk. It is the best way to learn, trial and error.


  2. nancywaldridge says:

    Good read; I agree that teens are HIGHLY influenced by their peers to conform to their friends’ ideas and way of doing things. There is a lot of pressure to do drugs, take risk, have sex, drink alcohol because in a teen’s world, these are the things that are so important in life. I can remember trying things as a teen not really that I necessarily wanted to but my friends did and I wanted to be included and have those things in common as well. And no I dont blame my friends for what I’ve ever done; those were my decisions, absolutely just as every teen. We have all made conscious decisions to do these things even though we do feel that pressure from our core group, rather than leaving the group for a group more like us. Its scary as a teen, I suppose.


  3. anthonys90 says:

    I think everyone has the same views about teenagers, that they are all easily peer pressured into making some wrong decisions. Coming from personal experience I myself was never influenced to making “bad choices” everything I did was a personal choice and even then I never did anything that was dangerous or life risking. I was brought up with a worry-sum mother but she herself was influenced by what other mothers and what their kids did and thought that I would do the same. I would constantly have to defend myself and remind her that I wasn’t dumb and would never make the same choices “as everyone else”. I feel like even though I did have a good structure and upbringing at home that influenced my decision making, in the end it is up to the individual to know what is right and wrong for themselves. You can’t always blame bad choices on others because you always have the option to say no or just walk away from the situation. I do agree on the part that it would be learning experiences for teens but I don’t agree that everyone is “peer pressured” to do certain things.


  4. jml1123 says:

    Very good article i agree with the author when they state that young adolescents fear exclusion more than adults do which is exactly why why they are always doing things in groups rather than alone. Most teenagers rebel because they like to take risks or they are angry at their parents and are trying to rebel against them but a lot of it has to do with peer pressure. As it states in the article teens have more pressure than adults do and are trying to live up too their groups expectations. wonder f adults ever feel this way? Maybe at their job or with their friends but who knows mostly because they are more mature.


  5. AJ says:

    After reading this article, I am not surprised about teenagers and the reason for that because I’ve been through it. Teenagers is considered the most toughest time or age of your life. This is where a lot of challenges kicks in. You need to face it by standing your foot in the ground and step up for what is right. The pressure they get from the worldly things can cause them to do negative stuffs. Peer pressure is one of the most important thing during teen age years. This article really caught my attention because the things you mentioned in your discussion mostly likely the things I’ve been through during my teen age years. This is something that teenagers should read about. Great job on connecting your article with the theme. Keep up the good work.


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